Why Some People Are So Unhappy
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July 9, 2009
Interview with Mardi Horowitz, M.D., author of A Course in Happiness
Mardi Horowitz, M.D.:
Psychiatrist Dr. Mardi Horowitz, author of the book A Course in Happiness, says being unhappy and blaming everyone else for your problems does serve a purpose.
When you're in a kind of self-righteous zone you're feeling strong and in a way it really does serve a function - in a sense it feels better than feeling very depressed or apathetic.
But it doesn't make you happy - statistically speaking people around the world tend to rate themselves about a seven on a one to ten scale of happiness. And interestingly Denmark scores the highest of all countries.
The most amusing thing happened when a man in Denmark was asked on the radio, "Why do you think the Danes score happy?" And he said, "Our expectations are so low". And there's a lot of wisdom in that - I don't mean it's good to have low expectations but that happiness is often the degree to which a person feels their life is matching what their goals for it were. If it's a good match, the person tends to be pretty content.